The Missouri River at Rulo, Nebraska, set a record for high water Wednesday and has started to drop.
The National Weather Service said the river had reached 28.12 feet on Wednesday. That is above the record of 27.3 feet set June 27, 2011.
At 7 a.m. Thursday, the river depth at Rulo was 27.81 feet. The river isn't expected to fall below 17-foot flood stage until sometime in April, according to the weather service forecast.
North of Rulo, the city of Brownville reported a Missouri River depth of 42.23 feet at 6:15 a.m. That's nearly 8 feet above flood stage. The river isn't expected to return to its banks until sometime next month.
At Omaha, the Missouri River had fallen to 32.18 feet as of 6:15 a.m. The weather service expects it fall below the 29-foot flood stage by Saturday night.
Plattsmouth, where flood stage is 26 feet, showed a depth of 34.25 Thursday morning. Blair reported 28.87 feet, just over 2 feet above flood stage.
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People watch from the Huron Street bridge as water from Willow Creek flows just under bridge in Missouri Valley, Iowa on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
The junction of Highway 275 and Highway 91 is flooded on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 just north of Scribner, Nebraska.
Cody Stump walks through a flooded street in Hooper, Nebraska, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
High water rolls through a street in Hooper, Nebraska, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
High water floods a street in Hooper, Nebraska, near a trailer park on March 13.
High water floods a street in Hooper, Nebraska, near an old bank building on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Standing water from melting snow and rain reflects the evening sky as a truck travels north on Highway 275 near Fremont, Nebraska, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Crews from the Ashland, Mead and Yutan Fire and Rescue assist with evacuating the final residents in Ashland, Nebraska om Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Crews from the Ashland, Mead and Yutan Fire and Rescue assist with evacuating the final residents in Ashland, Nebraska Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Keith Bell surveys the water levels as floodwaters continue to rise near Salt Creek in Ashland, Nebraska, Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Sean Hanger, of Ashland and his son Aiden, navigate the floodwaters which continue to rise near Jack Anderson Ball Park in Ashland, Nebraska, Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Floodwaters continue to rise as mailboxes are consumed near Furnas Street and N. 15th Street in Ashland, Nebraska, Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Residents are rescued from a flooded area near Missouri Valley, Iowa on Thursday March 14, 2019.
Jenna Muntz stands behind a row of sandbags as she takes a photo of the rising floodwaters in Cedar Creek, Nebraska on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
A semitrailer truck that tried crossing Bell Creek in Arlington, Nebraska, was swept off the road by fast moving floodwaters.
Both Iowa and Nebraska were hit hard by flooding earlier this year and are in need of the disaster aid. Bell Creek, on the east side of Arlington, Nebraska flooded parts of the town on Thursday, March 14.
Blake Japp pulls his remote control truck out of the water while playing in the shallow floodwaters of Bell Creek on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Arlington, Nebraska.
Bell Creek, on the east side of Arlington, Nebraska flooded parts of the town on March 14.
People navigate over giant chunks of ice that were thrown by floodwaters near River Resort in Yutan, Neb Thursday March 14, 2019.
A flooded home near Mosquito Creek in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Two corn cobs float in floodwaters near Mosquito Creek in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
A Blackhawk helicopter hovers over Waterloo on Friday March 15.
A cow makes his way through floodwaters near Columbus, Nebraska on Friday, March 15, 2019.
A house is surrounded by floodwaters near Waterloo, Nebraska on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Floodwaters run through the town of Rogers, Nebraska on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Highway 75's northbound lane is closed due to flooding near MerrittÕs Beach RV Park on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Cars drive drive across a flooded Platte River on Highway 50 just north of Louisville on Friday, March 15.
Water covers a road near Valley, Nebraska on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Brent Schwindt of Norfolk, Nebraska, holds his son Paul, 4 months, as his wife Lacey Hansen sleeps on a blow up mattress at Lutheran High Northeast on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Norfolk. The school was being used as an evacuation shelter for people affected by flooding in the area.
Motorists are forced to turn around as West Maple Road west of 216th Street is closed as floodwaters rise over the road near the Elkhorn River in Elkhorn, Nebraska, Friday, March 15, 2019.
A crowd of people gather to overlook the floodwaters which continue to rise along the Missouri River in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Friday, March 15, 2019.
Homes, vehicles and RV's are submerged in floodwaters that continue to rise along the Missouri River in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Friday, March 15, 2019.
Adam Jensen races to load his Lincoln Navigator outside his home near Mayne and Condron Streets in Valley, Nebraska. With three kids and a dog they plan to head to a hotel in Iowa. Valley residents were ordered to evacuate because of flooding on Friday, March 15, 2019.
CJ Cunningham holds his German shorthair Cazz after they were rescued from the King Lake area Friday, March 15, 2019.
Water flows over Highway 30 between Fremont and Arlington, Nebraska on March 15.
People keep an eye on floodwaters along Highway 30 between Fremont and Arlington, Nebraska on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Horses belonging to Faye Etherington are brought into town through floodwater on Highway 77 in Fremont Nebraska on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Paul Schmidt walks with his children Calvin and Avery while looking back at floodwaters over Broad Street in Fremont Nebraska on Friday, March 15, 2019.
At sunrise, Norfolk City Engineer Steven Rames inspects the levy next to the Northeast Community College on Friday, March 15, 2019, in Norfolk, Nebraska. Rames said the levy was stable and that the water had dropped 8 to 9 feet.
A pickup is stranded on the east side of Norfolk, Nebraska, in floodwaters on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Sarpy County Sheriff's Deputy Darin Morrissey rides an ATV through floodwaters in Hawaiian Village on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
Ron Eklund looks east at a flooded Main Street on the eastern edge of Plattsmouth on March 16.
Bo Staskiewicz carries a sandbag as volunteers filled sandbags on Main Street in Plattsmouth, Nebraska on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
Volunteers race to stave off floodwater by sandbagging along Old U.S. Highway 275 between Morningside Road and Downing Street in Fremont, Nebraska on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
Volunteers race to stave off floodwater by sandbagging along Old U.S. Highway 275 between Morningside Road and Downing Street in Fremont, Nebraska on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
The Elkhorn River covers West Dodge Road on Sunday March 17, 2019.
Floodwaters cover Valley Neb, Sunday March 17, 2019.
Water runs through a breached levee near Ashland, Neb Sunday March 17, 2019.
Luke Thomas and Air Force Tech Sgt. Vanessa Vidaurre look at a flooded portion of Offutt Air Force Base on Sunday March 17, 2019.
Nearly 3,000 feet of Offutt Air Force Base's runway is now covered by the Missouri River on Sunday March 17, 2019.
Anthony Thomson, left, and Melody Walton make their way out of the flooded blocks near 1st and M Streets after a visit to Melody's house where they loaded up supplies in Fremont, Nebraska on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
A crowd gathers to watch residents make their way in and out of the flooded blocks near 1st and M Streets in Fremont, Nebraska on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
Floodwaters destroyed County Road 18 at U.S. Highway 30 near Fremont, Nebraska on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
Bonnie Warner, Barb Pierce, Katie Cameron and Amanda Pierce cheer for a convoy of Hy-Vee trucks escorted by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Army National on Sunday, March 17, 2019. The trucks delivered much needed supplies to the city that was surrounded by floodwaters.
Hy-Vee staff rush to offload a convoy of trucks that were escorted by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Army National Guard Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Fremont, Neb. The trucks delivered much needed supplies to the city that was surrounded by floodwaters.
People in Hamburg, Iowa, fill sandbags and build a water retaining wall as they defend the town from floodwaters on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Interstate 29 west on Hamburg, Iowa, is submerged by floodwaters from the Missouri River on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Bradley Perry and other help to fill sandbags as the city of Hamburg, Iowa, fights to keep their town from flooding on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Water runs over the levee protecting Hamburg, Iowa, on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Lana Brandt of Hamburg, Iowa checks out the rising water on the south side of the city on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
The sun begins to set on the Missouri River floodwaters west of Hamburg, Iowa, on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Businesses on the southwest side of Hamburg, Iowa, were flooded on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
People gather in downtown Hamburg, Iowa to watch the floodwaters creep closer to a barrier built on Sunday, March 17, 2019. The levee protecting the town from the floodwaters of the Missouri River broke, flooding the town.
Floodwaters from the Elkhorn River begin to recede, revealing a heavily damaged west Dodge road on Monday March 18, 2019.
Paul and Margaret Vorthmann's flood damaged home in shown in Missouri Valley, Iowa on Monday March 19, 2019. The family began the process to salvage items from the home and clean.
Amelia Fritz, left, hugs her daughter Heather Rockwell in Glenwood, Iowa on Monday, March 18, 2019. They were evacuated from Pacific Junction, Iowa after floodwaters hit the town. They are part of 15 relatives all staying in the same house or in a camper in the front driveway.
Residents such as Andrew Bauer and Shawn Shonerd of the Bellwood Lakes neighborhood are among some who can only access their home by boat on Monday March 18, 2019.
Shawn Shonerd, left, and his partner Andrew Bauer, who live in Bellwood Lakes are surrounded by large chunks of ice Monday March 18, 2019 after the historic flooding along the Platte River days prior in Bellwood, Nebraska.
Debris floats on the surface of water in the Bellwood Lakes neighborhood in Bellwood, Nebraska Monday, March 18, 2019.
Two vehicles on the property of Duane Graybill are in disarray in Bellwood, Nebraska, Monday, March 18 after flooding hit the Bellwood Lakes neighborhood.
At least 15 bridges in state have been damaged or washed out
At least 15 bridges on the state highway system have washed out or have been damaged, the Nebraska Department of Transportation said Thursday:
· Highway 11 just south of Butte
· Highway 12 Mormon canal west of Niobrara
· Highway 12 Niobrara River west of Niobrara
· Highway 13 East of Hadar
· Highway 15: Two bridges resulting in a closure from Linwood Spur to south of Schuyler
· Highway 14: Two bridges resulting in a closure from the junction of Highway 92 to Albion
· Highway 39 just south of Genoa
· Highway 57 south of Stanton
· Highway 94 truss bridge east of Pender
· Highway 116 South of Dixon
· Highway 121 south of Yankton
· Highway 275 and West Center Road
· Highway 281 just south of Spencer
Truckers are advised to take only marked detours and avoid county roads in these areas. Many of the county roads are unable to support semitrailer truck traffic, officials said.
The department will provide detours for each bridge that has either been washed out or requires repair through 511.nebraska.gov.
Waiver granted for taxpayers affected by flooding
Nebraska taxpayers who have been directly affected and who are unable to file timely tax returns have been granted a waiver, state officials said Thursday.
Tax Commissioner Tony Fulton has granted the waiver of penalties and interest for late returns or payments of taxes that are due on or after March 15 through April 14 so long as the returns are filed and payments made by April 15.
Department officials will work with businesses and individuals regarding any tax returns and taxes due, including sales tax returns, if they have no access to their computer, files or tax records. For further information, call 800-742-7474 (in Nebraska and Iowa) or 402-471-5729, or visit the department’s website.
Bellevue officials to provide updates
Bellevue city officials and others will provide an update on flood cleanup and related topics at a forum scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday.
The forum will be held at the Bellevue Junior Sports Association, 1001 High School Drive.
City officials said they are confident a majority of flooded homes in the area will be a total loss. A few homes in the Green Acres area were untouched or minimally affected by the flood and may be habitable, officials said. It's highly likely, the officials said, that all homes in the Paradise Lakes area will be uninhabitable.
Free legal help available
Free legal help is available for low-income flood survivors in Nebraska through Nebraska Legal Aid's Disaster Relief Project.
It's crucial that people know their legal rights and the benefits and resources available to them, the group said.
The free assistance is available through both online resources and a network of trained volunteer lawyers across Nebraska.
Creighton fans can bring donations to CHI Health Center
Creighton fans who will attend the Bluejays' Friday night game at the CHI Health Center are asked to bring cleaning supplies, blankets, water and canned food with them to donate.
Donations will be accepted at Chevy pickup trucks parked near entrances to the convention center.
The Creighton game against Memphis is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted starting at 5:30 p.m.
For those people who won't be at the game, Chevy dealers will be accepting donations at their businesses this weekend.
Lincoln lifts water restrictions
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler on Wednesday lifted the mandatory water restrictions imposed Sunday because of flood damage at the city's water facilities at the Platte River.
He also urged residents and businesses to continue to voluntarily conserve water as work continues to repair the water infrastructure.
All residents and businesses are asked to reduce water consumption by 25 percent. Car washes will be allowed to reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Beutler said wells in the north wellfields have begun production and capacity has risen from 32 to 40 million gallons per day.
Valley, Waterloo start cleanup with volunteers
Floodwaters have mostly receded in the city of Valley, according to City Councilwoman Cindy Grove, who also heads the Valley Days Foundation. Roads and property are damaged, but hundreds of volunteers are helping out.
Still, she said there’s currently a list of about 50 people who have requested help cleaning up that aren’t able to do it on their own.
“We’re matching up volunteers with people who need help,” she said. “We also have a big group of people who have come up to town and are just going around helping people they see.”
The City of Valley has placed dumpsters along West Street, Mayne Street, Pine Street, East Street and Sunset Circle and is accepting larger items such as appliances at the city yard at 210 N. Locus St.
“They’re getting full so fast that we can’t keep them empty,” Grove said.
Grove is helping collect supplies at the United Faith Community Church Campus building at 921 S. Mayne St.
Volunteers are compiling pantry boxes, cleaning supply buckets and personal hygiene bundles. Grove said they are still in need of plastic containers, boxes and other moving supplies for those that have to leave home.
Those hoping to volunteer can find more information on the City of Valley’s Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“If you’re not coming to volunteer or you don’t live here, keep your traffic in town to a minimum,” Grove asked. “We have so many people that are surveying the damage and cleaning up that we don’t need all the onlookers.”
In Waterloo, Assistant Fire Chief Travis Harlow said interior drainage has been pumped out and that the levee did not break.
Neighboring communities, including Riverside Lakes, are still trapped, waiting for crews to build a road in and out of the neighborhood.
Many members of the Waterloo community, he said, are helping their neighbors in Valley.
Minnesota governor sends helicopter, crew to Nebraska
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has sent Minnesota Army National Guard troops to Nebraska to help deal with flooding.
Walz signed an executive order Thursday in response to Nebraska’s request for helicopter support. Minnesota sent one CH-47 Chinook helicopter with 10 crew members to support flood response operations in Nebraska.
Walz is a Nebraska native and retired Minnesota National Guard member.
Mobile lab will test private well water in three Nebraska communities
A mobile lab will stop in three Nebraska locations — Fremont, Norfolk and Verdigre — this week to provide free water testing for private well owners.
Flooded private wells or wells suspected of being impacted by flooding may need testing to ensure that well water is safe. Cloudiness or change in taste or smell are signs of possible contamination. However, residents are encouraged to test their well water if there is any indication that the water supply has been breached by floodwaters, even when there are no noticeable changes in taste or smell.
To have water tested at the mobile lab, residents should first pick up a free testing kit from the mobile lab during operating hours or from one of three area health departments:
» Three Rivers Public Health Department, 2400 N. Lincoln St., Fremont
» Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department, 2104 21st Circle, Wisner
» North Central District Health Department, 422 East Douglas St., O'Neill
Using the kit, collect a water sample from the private well and take it to the mobile lab for testing.
Mobile lab locations and hours:
Fremont, 2400 N. Lincoln St.: Thursday, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Norfolk, 302 W. Phillip Ave.: Friday, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Verdigre, 301 S. Main St.: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to offer this service.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.